Elastic Waves in Thick-Walled Cylinders

by William E. Alzheimer, (A.M.ASCE), Div. Supervisor; Sandia Lab., Albuquerque, NM,
Michael J. Forrestal, (A.M.ASCE), Staff Member; Sandia Lab., Albuquerque, NM,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 2, Pg. 193-199

Document Type: Journal Paper


A long, thick-walled cylinder is subjected to a circumferentially uniform, internal, step-pressure pulse. An approximate formula in terms of elementary functions is developed for the circumferential stress at the inner surface of the cylinder. Results from the approximate formulation are compared with a numerical solution, and the two agree to within a few percent.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Cylinders | Walls | Numerical methods

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